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James Lawson, Jr., organizer of fateful Memphis Sanitation strike and close friend of MLK, passes.

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James Lawson Jr., civil rights leader who advocated for nonviolent protest, dies at 95

Lawson was a close adviser to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who called him “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.”
 
 
Lawson’s work led Nashville to become the first major city in the South to desegregate its downtown, on May 10, 1960, after hundreds of well-organized students staged lunch-counter sit-ins and boycotts of discriminatory businesses.
 

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/james-lawson-jr-civil-rights-leader-advocated-nonviolent-protest-dies-rcna156437

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On 6/10/2024 at 9:32 PM, Spaztecs said:

 

James Lawson Jr., civil rights leader who advocated for nonviolent protest, dies at 95

Lawson was a close adviser to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who called him “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.”
 
 
Lawson’s work led Nashville to become the first major city in the South to desegregate its downtown, on May 10, 1960, after hundreds of well-organized students staged lunch-counter sit-ins and boycotts of discriminatory businesses.
 

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/james-lawson-jr-civil-rights-leader-advocated-nonviolent-protest-dies-rcna156437

Didn't know who he was, but good for him. That's too bad because I wouldn't want to be remembered for anything to do with sanitation or Memphis.

One thing that's always bothered me is it seems like all the streets that have been named after MLK are in shitty areas. He deserved to have streets and highways named after him in the coolest and most beautiful places. That needs to change. We need some real MLK change with respect to giving him respect. Yeah, he cheated on his wife with ho's. That was really, really disappointing to find out. 

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On 6/10/2024 at 8:32 PM, Spaztecs said:

 

James Lawson Jr., civil rights leader who advocated for nonviolent protest, dies at 95

Lawson was a close adviser to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who called him “the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world.”
 
 
Lawson’s work led Nashville to become the first major city in the South to desegregate its downtown, on May 10, 1960, after hundreds of well-organized students staged lunch-counter sit-ins and boycotts of discriminatory businesses.
 

 

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/james-lawson-jr-civil-rights-leader-advocated-nonviolent-protest-dies-rcna156437

Long life well lived.  He spoke at John Lewis funeral a few years back looking and sounding very strong at age 91, iirc.  One of the great heroes of the most important domestic history story of modern America. 

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